Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Celtic FC Lose, But Reach Last 16 of UEFA Champions League!!

UEFA Champions League – Group D
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan

(Inzaghi 70)


AC MILAN (4-3-2-1) Kalac; Cafu, Bonera, Simic (Kaladze 30), Favalli; Gattuso, Pirlo (Brocchi 75), Ambrosini; Seedorf (Gourcuff 69), Kaka; Inzaghi
Subs not used: Fiori, Gilardino, Oddo, Aubameyang

CELTIC (4-5-1) Boruc; Caldwell, Pressley, McManus, O’Dea; McGeady, Hartley, Donati (Sno 71), Brown, Jarosik (Zurawski 75); McDonald (Vennegoor of Hesselink 67)
Subs not used: M.Brown, Balde, Caddis, Killen

Celtic FC have progressed to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the second successive season, despite losing 1-0 to AC Milan in Italy.

With Benfica beating Shakhtar 2-1 in Donetsk thanks to Oscar Cardozo’s double, the Hoops still finished second in Group D and accompany holders Milan into the knockout stages.

Manager Gordon Strachan joined his players, who had all worked tirelessly on the night, on the pitch afterwards to take the acclaim of the thousands of Celtic fans inside the San Siro.

His side may have lost this game, but following the historic run to the knockout stages last season, qualifying for the last 16 again goes down as yet another fantastic achievement during Strachan’s tenure as Celtic manager.

The Hoops supporters, who have backed the team all the way in this UEFA Champions League campaign, filled an entire stand of this vast arena and had every right to be proud of their team.

In comparison to some of Celtic’s recent, dramatic UEFA Champions League matches, it wasn’t a classic, but all that mattered was the final group table.

Celtic, with nine points – two more than third-placed Benfica – deservedly take their place in next phase.


Consecutive trips to the Champions League Knock Out Stages For the Hoops, WHat a historical Time For The Boys!!



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